Essaywriting Camps

Collaborative, creative ways in

to academic writing, held online!


Essay writing is just a written way to speak your mind, supported with strong examples.  Once kids have learned the basic structure, it’s fun and confidence-building for them to hear their thoughts laid out so well. It helps them support their positions in conversation, too!  And of course, it helps them do better in school.

In our Beginning EssayWriting Camp, your kids will learn the structure and power of the classic five-paragraph essay. We’ll write a group essay together, learning through fun, hands-on activities that help concepts “stick.” Every student will receive a copy of the collectively written essay — and gain strong skills and fun memories, too! Recommended for ages 8+.

Older students who aren’t familiar with the five-paragraph structure, or who need more practice at a basic level, are welcome—they won’t be the only older kids there, and our activities are geared to accommodate a range of ages simultaneously.

In our Advanced EssayWriting Camp, more advanced students who are already comfortable with the five-paragraph structure will write their own original essays through the week, learning through discussion, group brainstorming, and creative activities. Typically these students are ages 10+, but you know best what your child is capable of.

In all camps, kids will gain essential academic information in fun, creative, hands-on ways:

  • Activities that show why certain techniques work
  • Sensory props to stimulate ideas and questions
  • Inspiring examples for emulation
  • Engaging projects that connect concepts with creative power

One of the important concepts made tangible through a thoughtful art project (this photo shows just one of the project’s five parts.) This project helped kids express their ideas — and find more!

In camp, kids learn these skills:

  • The structure of the  five-paragraph essay – its importance and parts
  • How to outline and support a strong essay
  • How to engage the audience from the start
  • The art of transitions
  • How to vary syntax with punctuation and conjunctions
  • How to elevate colloquial language to academic heights
  • Proofreading tips
  • Ways to expand on the five-paragraph essay
  • And more!

EssayWriting Camp aligns with these Common Core State Standards.


Beginning EssayWriting Camp

When:  1pm- 4pm on Nov 30-Dec 4, 2020

Cost:  The camp cost of $290 includes all supplies, which will be mailed ahead of time. There’s a sibling discount of $20 per child.

LitWits is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the camp, we’ll be happy to issue a full refund. Within 30 days we’ll refund 50%, as we’ve incurred per-child costs by then. Unfortunately, we can no longer offer makeups.

Instructor:  Lisa Craddock holds BAs in Literature and Theatre, and a Master of Humanities in Film Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric (the art of speaking and writing effectively).  She has taught classes in literature, composition, and film for the University of Colorado, and her scholarship, essays, poetry, and plays have appeared in a variety of literary and academic venues.

Lisa considers it a privilege to homeschool her own four children, avid fans of LitWits since its beginning.  She’s led many educational events for the homeschool community, helping young readers understand themselves and the world through “living books.”  We’re so proud to have her on our team!

LIsa Craddock LitWits instructor English courses and writing camps

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